gan·​try | \ ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio) \
plural gantries

Definition of gantry

1 : a frame for supporting barrels
2 : a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: such as
a : a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers or side frames running on parallel tracks also : a movable structure with platforms at different levels used for erecting and servicing rockets before launching
b : a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals for each

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In a large clearing, about 700 people are working two shifts to build a massive flame trench for the Ariane 6 rocket and a mobile launch gantry. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Singapore is working to make its system more efficient and less costly by turning to satellites to replace the physical gantries beginning in 2020. Christina Anderson, Winnie Hu, Weiyi Lim And Anna Schaverien, New York Times, "3 Far-Flung Cities Offer Clues to Unsnarling Manhattan’s Streets," 26 Feb. 2018 The disasters that struck late Friday left the city’s port in ruins, its lone gantry crane atilt in the water. Elaine Kurtenbach, The Seattle Times, "Disaster undoes hard-won progress for Indonesian port city," 2 Oct. 2018 Munoz said his team remains on track to complete the gantry and close out the massive flame trench by the end of the year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Next to it, the blue scaffolds of an indoor crane resemble a launchpad gantry. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 The systems are designed to discard radar data about things that aren’t moving, to prevent false alarms for every overhead gantry or street-side trash can. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Tesla's Autopilot Was Involved in Another Deadly Car Crash," 30 Mar. 2018 First, the legislature needs to vote for the state transportation department to conduct a study to determine the location of the overhead toll gantries. Christopher Keating,, "Ahead Of Vote On Highway Tolls, Lawmakers Push Discounts For State Residents," 2 May 2018 Background: Jeffboat, one of the largest inland shipbuilders in the country, is closing Glen McMahan, 64, a gantry crane operator, has worked at Jeffboat for 42 years. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "As the last barge rolls off the line, Jeffboat workers say goodbye to an era and their jobs," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gantry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gantry

Middle English gauntree, reshaping (perhaps conformed to tre tree entry 1) of ganter, borrowed from Anglo-French *ganter (Old French —Picard— gantier, Old French chantier), going back to Latin cantērius, canthērius "horse of poor quality, rafter, prop for vines," akin to Greek kanthḗlia "panniers," (ónos) kanthḗlios "pack ass," both loanwords from an undetermined Mediterranean language

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gan·​try | \ ˈgan-trē How to pronounce gantry (audio) \
plural gantries

Kids Definition of gantry

1 : a structure over railroad tracks for holding signals
2 : a movable structure for preparing a rocket for launching

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